Unknown actress to star in new BBC drama
Unknown actress - Jessica Raine - is to star in new BBC period drama 'Call The Midwife'
New BBC drama 'Call The Midwife' will star an unknown actress.
Bosses at the broadcaster are taking a gamble by casting Jessica Raine - whose previous work has mainly been in theatre - in the lead role of Jenny, for the 50s drama, set in the East End of London.
The series also stars well-established actresses Pam Ferris, Jenny Agutter and comedienne Miranda Hart - who will be taking on her first dramatic role - with filming set to begin next week.
Based on the books by Jennifer Worth, the series is said to be a "moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life look at the colourful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the 1950s".
The story revolves around Jenny living in a community of nuns and nurses and her experiences with the people she meets, which include an old pauper driven mad by her children's death in the poorhouse, a Spanish mother of 25 children and a 14-year-old prostitute.
Despite the hardships, Worth - who sadly died this month - had believed life was better then, saying: "Life was just as happy as in this more affluent age. In those areas of London you could never be sure that you were going to live to see the morning."
BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson added: "This superb cast will bring to life the extraordinary true stories and friendships of midwifery and family in 1950s East End London."